December 2, 2020

3D Printing for the Coming Decade

3D Printing is the 4th Industrial Revolution. 3D Printing has been called the way of the future and the drawn of a new era in innovation, manufacturing, and distribution (logistics and supply chain). A team of researchers has experimented with 3D printed in all industries.

3D Printed Medical Products:

  • It will focus on 3D printed teeth.
  • 3D printed bones.
  • 3D printed organs.
  • 3D printed tissue, and stem cells, as well as 3D printed medical and surgical devices, prosthetics, and hearing aids.

Twenty years time, 3D printed objects will produce parts in seconds and minutes, instead of hours and days.

The Healthcare 3D Printing Market size was valued over USD 450 million in 2016 with expectations to witness over 20% CAGR from 2017-2024.

3D printing revolutionizing the medical industry in many ways: Increasing demand for patient-specific dental, orthopedic, and maxillofacial products drives market size. It improves productivity by reducing lead time and develops customized products to reduce wastage of materials.

3D Model is very useful in comprehensive surgery; it provides guidance and saves time for the surgeons in the operating room. It helps in understanding and gathering knowledge about the organ and the surgical plan for the patient, which ultimately improves patient outcomes. Moreover, with a 3D scan, dentists can 3D print plaster models, positioning trays, orthodontic appliances, clear aligners, and retainers, and they can totally digitize their workflow by reducing the molding time.

3D printed learning aids offer more dynamic and tactile way for students to learn about Viruses, which is difficult to study, so with this 3D printing facility, we can take information about their structure and print them at huge, massive scales so students can hold them, look at them, and understand that fine detail of structure that’s associated with the disease.

Key challenges for the future of 3D printing in this industry will be to develop new materials and to improve the reactivity to create a made-to-measure implant in only a few hours to save patient-lives in an emergency situation.

3D Printed Consumer Products: This sector will see everyday items from household goods to optics, fashion, jewelry, games, and even vegetables & fruits. More than just using eco-friendly materials, however, it will manufacture on a made-to-order basis. 3D Printers are improving, making their final product faster and more appealing. Materials will be indistinguishable with materials today from non-3D printed processes.

3D Printed construction: This technology is capable of transforming the sector by lowering costs and reducing the time it takes to implement projects. It will also help reduce workforce requirements and waste generated, which can be harmful to the environment.

3D Printed Aerospace & Defense: 3D prints really open up the ability to print different functional or structural objects to make habitats beyond Earth. The 3D-printed has enabled the creation of more complex yet lighter parts at unbeatable costs, as well as freeing designers to explore complex shapes that could not be manufactured using traditional processes.

Lower logistics and supply chain: It will reduce shipping and storage costs, the potential elimination of import/export costs through localized production, elimination of new production tools and molds, and costly modifications to factories. It can reduce complexity in manufacturing and helps to produce a variety of products from a single 3D printer.